Maybe this is just the nosy nerd in me, but whenever I find a movie or a television series that I love, I immediately do a deep dive into its origins. Who wrote it, who thought of it, where did it come from — and nothing is more exciting than discovering a show is based on a book. One story, and double the #content. If you love to binge that content in all formats, check out these Netflix shows you didn't realize were based on books.
The practice of adapting books to the big screen — or, uh, the little screen? — has been happening since the dawn of film itself. Rip Van Winkle, a short story published by Washington Irving in 1819, became a series of eight short films in 1896 (later compiled into one four-minute piece in 1903). The first adaptation of the classic fairy tale Cinderella arose in 1898; four years later, in 1902, Snow White debuted. And it's no wonder some of the earliest filmmakers sought out beloved stories, ones that made their way through generations of readers — and, subsequently, storytellers.
Literature has always been a visual medium. Through words on a page, a partnership forms between reader and writer, and something new is created, something that plays on the reader's own memories. With film, the interpretation is more straight-forward. There is Snow White, that's her face. Here is the way she smiles, dances, cleans. And while a certain indescribable bit of literary magic may be lost in the jump from page to screen, there is one notable upside: access. Hoards of new people, who may not be able to read well, who may not be able to scoop up book after book, can watch a story unfold.